Won’t be hiking unarmed in the new neighborhood.
A picnicking couple were repeatedly attacked by a bear on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville, North Carolina, earlier this week. The couple drove themselves to a nearby hospital after the attack, where they were treated and released.
“The unleashed dog ran towards the bear while barking loudly. Likely aggravated by the dog, the bear acted defensively toward the dog and the couple,” the National Park Service reports. “Over the next several minutes, there were repeated attacks by the bear while the couple retreated with their dog to the safety of their vehicle.”